Villages and Culture
Discovering Lucca and the Garfagnana
3 days, to discover the city of Lucca and the landscape and flavors, where nature as the undisputed protagonist of every itinerary,in Garfagnana.
In the early afternoon, arrival in Lucca by own means. Transfer to the hotel (https://www.grandhotelguinigi.it/experience-toscana/). Check in. Accommodation in reserved rooms. Presentation of the program by one of our representatives.
- Dinner and overnight.
In addition to the visits and excursions included in the program, it is possible to make some optional excursions always with a guided tour, of which we provide some useful information:
In the morning guided tour [only outdoors] of Pistoia, which became a settlement after the Romans reclaimed the surrounding marshes. Lombard and surrounded by walls between the sec. VI and VIII, it became a free municipality since 1117, when it erected a second wall perimeter, trying in vain to oppose Florence, which in the 14th century helped to rebuild the walls it destroyed.
Following the Serchio from the surroundings of Lucca towards the Garfagnana, we will climb to a height such as to meet the first chestnut woods, a culture documented in this area since the early Middle Ages.
To understand the territory and discover unique realities of their kind immediately a surprise !![ from here begins our guided tour.
We will continue to Borgo a Mozzano where we will stop to admire the Ponte della Maddalena, known as the “Devil’s Bridge”.
We will move to Barga for a “short” guided tour of this interesting medieval center still well preserved and recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
- Free lunch.
Immediately afterwards we will leave to reach the Verrucole Fortress, which we will visit [entrance included in the fee]. It is one of the most beautiful examples of a medieval Tuscan castle as well as a perfectly successful conservative restoration. Already in the distance its walls seem to order the passerby to pay homage to his power. Once at the top we enjoy the panoramic view over the entire surrounding area.
Another surprise !! … will welcome us shortly thereafter.
After that we reach a mill.
- We will visit the mill and the farro processing plant;
- We will discover the processing of fruit for the preparation of typical jams.
At the end, transfer to the hotel. Check in. Accommodation in reserved rooms.
- Typical dinner “Garfagnina” with a tasting of local cuisine products.
- Return to the hotel. Overnight.
Check-Out. In the morning guided tour of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. We will visit [only outside] the Rocca Ariostesca which in the sixteenth century hosted the poet Ludovico Ariosto for three years, who had been appointed governor of the province of Garfagnana.
Walk on the “Via dell’Ariosto” in the city center.
Move to Lucca.
Guided tour[only outdoors] of the elegant and refined Lucca, a splendid city of art.
- Free lunch.
Time available for the shopping streets.
At scheduled time departure, with their own means, for the return journey, to the destinations of origin
This programme may be subject to change, both before and during the trip, depending on the weather, the needs of the travellers and the people hosting the group of travellers. All the visits are guaranteed, but they may be subject to change, on site, respect to the order listed above, at “our” discretion, for the sole purpose to ensure the best success of the tour, but without changing the substance of the visits [ The visits may be reversed depending on the opening times of the museums or for technical reasons, but the programme remains unchanged ].
When defining and accepting the travel contract, it is necessary to indicate the presence of people requiring special diets or with reduced mobility in order to be able to verify the services and the possibility of assistance.
For all walking tours, you will need hiking boots, a water bottle of at least one litre, a kway or poncho, a backpack of at least 20/30 litres. Spare socks or T-shirt are recommended, as well as food or energy supplements.
Level of difficulty of walking tours
The trip is suitable for people who can walk, not necessarily trained but in good health. It is not suitable for children.
Methods of payment
- DEPOSIT: € ___, within 7 days of registration
- BALANCE: no later than 21 days before the date of departure: € ___, by _________
CANCELLATION BY THE TRAVELLER:
FOR ANY VOLUNTARY CANCELLATIONS THE FOLLOWING PENALTIES WILL APPLY:
- CANCELLATIONS UP TO 15 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE: 50% PENALTY
- CANCELLATIONS FROM 14 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE: 100% CANCELLATION FEE
CANCELLATION WITHOUT PENALTY: within ___________